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Friday, March 18

Ont-ils la peine de mort en France?

I don't think they do but let me check to make sure.  [taptaptaptap] 
The death penalty was abolished in French law in 1981. It is now also forbidden by the French constitution, and by several human rights treaties to which France is a party.
Next question. Is there any way to put the entire Brussels government in the same jail cell as Abdelslam?  What about regime change in Brussels?  Where is George Soros when we need him? But there I go being American. Bad Pundita, forever banish the concept of regime change from your mind. Well what about France invading Brussels and annexing it?

"We got him" - Paris terror suspect Abdeslam arrested
Published: 18 Mar 2016 18:11 GMT+01:00
The Local - France's news in English

Three police operations were still believed to be underway in Brussels on Friday evening, with unconfirmed reports at least one gunman was still holed up in a flat in the Molenbeek area, where Abdeslam was arrested.

There were also reports that an unknown man fled the scene during the police raid and police fired on him in the street. It is not clear whether he got away or he was arrested.

Salah Abdeslam, the key suspect in the Paris attacks, has been "injured and arrested" in a vast anti-terror operation in Molenbeek, Brussels. It is believed he was shot in the leg by police.

Abdeslam, who has been on the run since the November 13th, described as the most wanted man in Europe, was arrested during a raid by armed police on a flat in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels.


French police sources later confirmed to AFP that Salah Abdeslam, the man believed to have played a key logistical role in organising the devastating Paris attacks, had suffered a leg wound.

Abdeslam was believed to have been treated for injuries by paramedics, but this has not been confirmed officially.

Reports say Police shot Abdeslam in the leg to immobilise him after he refused to follow their orders despite repeated requests.

An RTLInfo correspondent on the scene said: "It happened very, very quickly," as he described multiple shots being fired and seeing a man shot and fall to the ground. "It was very shocking to see," he said, explaining that the street was busy and there had been "panic".

Hollande did not confirm the arrest of Abdeslam when he made a statement, saying: "Let the Belgian police do their work."

The French president did say that it was "a key moment", before meeting with the Belgian PM Charles Michel.

Belgian Minister Theo Francken later tweeted out the words "We've got him".

Three police operations were still believed to be underway in Brussels on Friday evening, with unconfirmed reports at least one gunman was still holed up in a flat in the Molenbeek area, where Abdeslam was arrested.

There were also reports that an unknown man fled the scene during the police raid and police fired on him in the street. It is not clear whether he got away or he was arrested.

Abdeslam's arrest, just over four months after the terror attacks in Paris that left 130 dead, came a day after his brother Brahim, who blew himself up in the massacre, was buried in a discreet ceremony in Brussels.

Another of the Paris attackers, Bilal Hadfi, was buried quietly in the same cemetery in the northwest of the city last week.

The prosecutor's office said earlier that police had found Abdeslam's fingerprints in an apartment in the Forest district of Brussels which was raided Tuesday.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was seen hurriedly leaving an EU summit on migrants in Brussels, talking on his mobile phone as he got into his car surrounded by security men.

Abdeslam's fingerprints and DNA found

"A police operation is underway in Molenbeek," the Belga state news agency reported, citing the federal prosecutor's office.

Prosecutors in Belgium confirmed earlier on Friday that DNA and fingerprints belonging to wanted Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam were found in the Brussels flat where a shoot-out between police and gunmen took place this week.

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Police hunt two fugitives after Brussels shoot-out (16 Mar 16)
Paris terror attacks: What we know of Brussel's shoot-out (16 Mar 16)


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